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Nintendo announces 3DS

Nintendo announced to launch 3D-enabled, glasses-free successor to DS series by March 2011; reports indicate late 2010 rollout with thumbstick, rumble, accelerometer. the DS XL is not even out in the US, and Nintendo already has plans for a newer DS. 3DS (unofficial name) seems to have more than just a 3D upgrade. For now, not much is known and we will have to wait for E3.

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Gaming Update: July 23rd ’09

Here the interesting stories from the gaming world that you may have missed.

-Microsoft announces “Halo” anime miniseries [Joystiq]

-Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS see growth, Sony falls 30% [Read]

-Guitar Hero and Rock band sales down significantly, similar to DDR’s [Read]

-Mirrors Edge could have been on PSP, DS, and Wii. [Read]faithsbackboneSam Raimi is set to direct an ACTUAL World of Warcraft movie. [Read]

Xbox Europe Senior Business Director Hired… by Apple

The App Store currently holds more than 9,000 games, and there are 37 million devices running those games. That’s pretty close to the PSP, which currently has 50 million units out, and isn’t even touching the 100 million that the Nintendo DS has sold. But think about this: Apple is picking up some pretty heavy games, just like Metal Gear Solid and Assassin’s Creed, and this could add up to the Touch Devices becoming a handheld console.

Either way, turns out that Xbox Europe’s (former) Senior Director of Business, Insights, and Strategy, has been hired by our very own Cupertino Computer Company. Also, think about the addition of P.A Semi which was bought way back in April 2008. Apples cooking up something big, maybe Steve will be there to reinvent the gaming platform?

In other news, Apple might be cutting the base prices on Mac.

“While exact pricing is unclear or still undetermined at this time, the Mac maker earlier this month quietly flaunted its capacity to deliver a premium system at near recession pricing when it began offering educational institutions a 2GHz, 20-inch aluminum iMac for $899. Even when priced at a $100 to $150 markup for the consumer markets — as Apple is more than likely eager to preserve its margins — such an offering would make a material dent in the entry-level cost of owner or switching to a Mac.” [Mac Rumors]

And lastly, before I write an entire week just about Apple, a patent suggests that Apple may be researching carbon fiber Mac enclosures to down the weight.

“A composite laminate having an improved cosmetic surface is presented herein. The composite laminate includes a plurality of sheets of preimpregnated material, or prepreg, stacked one over another and a scrim layer provided on an exterior surface of the sheets of prepreg. The scrim layer and the sheets of prepreg form a composite laminate whereby the scrim layer constitutes an outer, exposed surface of the composite laminate. Each sheet of prepreg is made from fibers preimpregnated with resin, and the fibers of the prepreg may be substantially parallel or woven carbon fibers.”

[AppleInsider]

If you’ve had enough about Apple already, be sure to check out the more PCish posts below. We here try not to be biast, but sometimes, a company has a strong week, and we just can’t ignore it. Even if it’s about Vista ūüė¶

Gameboy Turn’s 20, Everybody Happy

Nintendo’s GameBoy handheld¬†officially¬†turns 20 years old today. I can remember when the pocket GameBoy swept the world in¬†amazement! You could carry Tetris anywhere! Then, it gave birth to Mario (and all those characters), Link (and Zelda,¬†etc..), and Samas Aran. Those where the days! But now we have dual screen (one with touch) handheld with cameras¬†built¬†right in. Guess your still playing with power!

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars sales not as expected

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GTA’s DS game has neither enough hype or sales, but there is a hype for GTA not doing to well on DS. ¬†GTA: Chinatown Wars is currently one of the best games on DS, yet it has only 89k sales. Does GTA deserve this? Well, not on Nintendo’s watch. Recently a guy from Gamestop said that there is a lift of sales for Chinatown Wars after the DSi was released. This gave Nintendo hopes for having the more Chindtown Wars sales. Sorry Nintendo, but I don’t think the DS GTA would do as good as the xbox 360 and PS3 GTA.

Lego Rock Band Confirmed

895489817_796ab3369fjpg1It’s real, and it’s happening. This multi-platform game is being developed by TT Games in a partnership with Harmonix and published by Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“We’re thrilled to offer another LEGO branded gaming experience that will deliver humorous and social play for families and friends,” said Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Vice President, the LEGO Group. “LEGO Rock Band is built around the same values of imagination and family-friendly creative role play that is present in other LEGO videogames. It will deliver innovative new elements of game play that complement the fun of the¬†Rock Bandexperience.”

The game is slated for released during the 2009 holiday.

PS3 outsold the Wii in Japan

japan-flagFor the first time in 16 months, PS3 has outsold the Wii in Japan in the month of March. PS3 hit¬†146,948 units, compared with 99,335 units of the Wii and 43,172 units of Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Xbox 360 sales turned out to be less the the PS2’s. While on the the other hand, the portable devices were far ahead than the others with DS at the top and PSP following it. It is a big achievement for Sony and their hard work is strating to payoff. But many say that this trend won’t keep up for long. Anyways, March turned out to be a lucky month for the PS3~ atleast in Japan.